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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book ever written on the parables., 6 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Poet and Peasant: Literary-cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke (Paperback)
I have read several books on the parables, but this is the most enlightening, most preachable and most interesting there is. When you have done a great deal of reading in an area, you begin to doubt how much even a good book is going to help you learn. This book is like someone provided you with a whole new insight in to meaning of the parables. Scholarly yet down to earth! The genuis of the book is that he combines over thirty years of Biblical scholarship and living among the culture of the Middle East. You learn what it meant to the people who Jesus was teaching 2,000 years ago. The only negative for me was the poetry portion of the book, which will probably excite poetry scholars, but was a mystery to me. If you are a Biblical scholar or learner or teacher, it is a must read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 20 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Poet and Peasant: Literary-cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke (Paperback)
Anybody who really wants to understand the parables is advised to read this book. Firmly rooted in the academic tradition, yet with the insight having actually lived in a culture close to that in which Jesus himself taught, Kenneth Bailey rolls back misunderstandings and lets the original words and ideas shine out. A book to change academic understanding and also to transform lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fresh look at the parables of Luke, 19 Jun 2013
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An excellent and very thought provoking approach to the parables that is rooted in the landscape and culture of Palestine. There are many, many insights into the world and expectations of the original audience, as well as several contemporary resonances. It is both readable and a useful reference book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit heavy going but worth persevering, 12 July 2004
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New light on a number of parables. Fascinating reading, and good sermon material too.
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Poet and Peasant: Literary-cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke by Kenneth E. Bailey (Paperback - 1 Aug 1983)
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